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Adriana Jansdochter, an Anabaptist martyr from Benschop, Dutch province of Utrecht, was drowned at Amsterdam on 21 May 1535 (Martyrs Mirror incorrectly records May 15), along with ten other martyrs, all women, because they had been rebaptized, according to the indictment. Adriana was the daughter of Jan van Reenen and Leentgen, who were both Anabaptists. The magistrate sought in vain for Jan van Reenen, and Leentgen died the death of a martyr on the same day as her daughter. Lijsbeth Jansdochter of Benschop, who was executed in Amsterdam six days before, 15 May 1535, was presumably a sister of Adriana.

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Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, 1685: Part II, 413.

Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 764. Available online at:

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 390.

Verhooren en Vonissen der Wederdoopers, betrokken bij de aanslagen op Amsterdam in 1534 en 1535, in Bijdragen en Mededeelingen van het Historisch Genootschap 41 (Amsterdam, 1920): 70. Available in full electronic text at (required login).

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 18. All rights reserved.

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